The robot is easy for beginners to adopt, and complex enough for experienced coders to tinker and learn. Jasen Wang, CEO of Makeblock, explained: “As our technology becomes increasingly more advanced, coding will also become an essential skill for our children. With this Kickstarter project we are hoping to team up with robotics fans of all ages to create a robot that will lower entry barriers for coding. Codeybot is a very special robot and it’s an important step in our mission to make coding accessible to all.”
Codeybot teaches coding through its controls via the drag-and-drop visual programming app, mBlockly. Currently compatible exclusively with iPads, mBlockly uses fundamental programming exercises including algorithm design, command sequences and control flow, conditionals, loops, sensors and events through creative problem solving.
Alternatively, users can also control Codeybot with voice commands such as “change colour” and “forward”, available with the intuitive Codeybot app, available for free on iPads and iPhones as well as Android devices in the near future.